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UT Arlington Wins on Eric Tate’s Walk-Off in Sun Belt Baseball Action

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Junior third baseman Eric Tate hit a one-out, bases loaded, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth capping off a four-run rally to propel UT Arlington to a 5-4 win over No. 2 Louisiana Lafayette as the Mavericks avoid the home sweep. UTA trailed 4-1 entering their last at bat with Cajuns’ junior righty Greg Milhorn coming on to close out the game.

Mavs’ junior Ryan Bottger (1B/LF) led-off the inning with a walk and senior catcher Greg McCall singled him to third base from which he would score on a wild pitch as McCall moved into scoring position with the tying run coming to the plate. Pinch hitter Jackson Morris (Jr.) drew a walk and then junior Levi Scott (1B) doubled to the gap in left center scoring McCall to cut the lead to one.

The Cajuns’ turned to freshman righty Regan Bazar hoping to end the threat and preserve the win but instead he hit sophomore second baseman Darien McLemore with an 0-1 pitch to load the bases. Pinch hitter Brandon Vineyard (Sr.) reached safely on a fielder’s choice that scored Morris to tie the game. The next pitch hit Derek Miller (Jr., CF) to load the bases for the second time in the inning, setting up Tate’s walk-off game winner.

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JONESBORO, Ark. – Senior Zach Maggio beat out the throw home on a fielder’s choice off the bat of junior left fielder Ty Michelotti to complete a four-run ninth inning comeback and give Arkansas State a 10-9 win over Louisiana Monroe as the Red Wolves sweep the series.

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State closer Hunter Lemke (Sr., RHP) notched his eighth save on the season as the Bobcats downed Georgia State 4-1 to sweep the series. Lemke has 16 career saves which sets a new Texas State record for career saves. Lucas Humpal (So, RHP) improved to 3-3 on the years allowing an earned run over eight innings while striking out six Panthers.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky starter Jake Thompson (Sr., RHP) earned his third win on the years allowing three earned runs over six and one-third innings of work as WKU defeated South Alabama 6-3 to win the series. Ryan Church (Jr., 1B) scored twice on two hits and Cody Wofford (Jr., SS) scored and hit a two-run double to lead the WKU offense.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Cameron Allen (Jr., RHP) battled through 11 hits while allowing four earned runs to get the win for UALR in defeating Troy 10-4 to take the weekend series. Bryson Thionnet (Sr,, CF) and Sam Vogel (RJr., LF) homered twice while Justin Steelmon (Jr., 1B) hit another home run to lead UALR. Steelmon and Thionnet each drove in three runs while Tanner Rockwell (Jr., DH) scored three in the win.

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Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting. Follow on Twitter @MarkWestCBC

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